I wrote Gen. Halleck,
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Chief of Staff.
JERICHO FORD, VA., May 25, 1864 – 12 noon.
The enemy are evidently making a determined stand between the two Annas. It will probably take us two days to get in position for a general attack or to turn their position, as may prove best. Send Butler’s forces to White House to land on north side and march up to join this army. The James River should be held to City Point, but leave nothing more than is absolutely necessary to hold it, acting purely on the defensive. The enemy will not undertake any offensive operations there, but will concentrate everything here. Breckinridge is unquestionably here. Sixty-six officers and men have been captured who were with Hoke in the capture of Plymouth. If Hunter can possibly get to Charlottesville and Lynchburg, he should do so, living on the country. The railroads and canals should be destroyed beyond possibility of repair for weeks. Completing this, he could find his way back to his original base, or from about Gordonsville join this army.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 487-8
O.R., I, xxxvi, part 1, p 8